Annie Doe Foundation Opens US$10K Computer School for Girls

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Young women and girls residing in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, now have a computer training program to attend and it is free.

The founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, inaugurated the training program last week. She told the Daily Observer following the dedication, that she embarked on the project to provide life skills to young women and girls in the city where she grew up many years ago.

According to her, the construction of the facility, the purchase of computers and printers, a generator, furniture and electrical supplies amounted to US$10,000, which was contributed to her foundation by an anonymous donor.

She stated that the computers will be used to train 150 students as part of their daily curriculum in addition to the ATDM’s academic program. ATDM is a semi-elementary school her foundation owns and operates in Buchanan.

“We are expanding our education and women’s empowerment programs to include technology for our students and young girls. The goal is to keep our students connected with the global society and schools in the U.S., as well as provide computer training to young girls to prepare them for employment opportunities,” she added.

The ATDMF is the only school in Buchanan that is providing free computer training for students.

A few weeks ago, Madam Sio was joined by her husband, Mr. Francis K. Sio, and several others to show the love of Jesus Christ to children in Buchanan by washing their feet as Christ did in the Bible.

After washing each of the 150 children’s feet with soap and warm water, the Sios and their helpers slipped on the pupils’ feet new pairs of white socks and shoes.

Sio stated that her foundation is Christian-based and as such was doing what the Lord Jesus Christ taught His followers to do.

The founder of Samaritan’s Feet, a US-based international Christian organization, donated to ATDM 250 pairs of shoes for the kids in Liberia.

The ATDMF Academy offers free primary education for kids in Buchanan. The school now runs from nursery to grade 2. It supplies students with uniforms, texts and note books, pencils, pens and book bags.

The staff of the academy is paid from donations received by the Sios.

Mrs. Sio told the Observer that her foundation’s mission is to empower today’s generation for a better tomorrow by providing free primary Christian-based education to children in underserved and marginalized communities in Liberia.

“Every child deserves and has the right to a sound education. Our goal is to stop the epidemic of high illiteracy rate among children in marginalized communities by providing free primary Christian education to over 200 young Liberians from Pre-K through 6th Grade,” she stated.

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